Rockhampton boys make AFL rep football history
THE AFL Capricornia representative men's team, the freshly minted Capricornia Rams, travelled to Mackay on the weekend to contest the representative round robin against the Mackay Vipers and the Townsville Eagles. They came away with one win and one loss in two tough, close contests.
But the win against the Townsville Eagles was something special, as the Capricornia AFL team had never beaten Townsville. Until now. According to Rams' coach Leigh Coulter, they could have had two wins, poor defence and over playing the footy costing them against Mackay.
"The games were played in two halves of 20 minutes each, because the teams were playing two rep games of footy in the one day," Coulter explained.
"The first game was against Mackay and we lost that by nine points. We controlled the first half and the second half we also started strongly. But as the match progressed we were missing tackles, there were too many broken tackles and that gave Mackay forward momentum and run on. That often resulted in them scoring. When we did have the ball, we were over-using it and this caused turnovers."
The next game against Townsville was another tight contest but the Capricornia boys were now well and truly fired up.
"We came out with a point to prove against the Eagles," Coulter said.
"We'd never beaten them before and I think we were also still smarting a bit from the close loss to Mackay. So the boys were ready to play footy."
The first half was close, with the Rams just ahead at half-time.
"In the half-time huddle the message was that we weren't going home without a win and the boys were even more pumped for the second half."
In the second half it was coast to coast footy, goal for goal as both teams wrestled for control.
"Everyone was working hard," Coulter said.
"Luckily, a Townsville player missed a goal and hit the post for a behind under pressure from us in the last 30 seconds and we got the win."
Coulter said beating Townsville for the first time and making AFL Capricornia rep footy history was a massive achievement, but the narrow loss to Mackay still rankles.
"Everybody, at different times, did something brilliant and it was a huge team effort to beat Townsville," Coulter said.
"But we could have won against Mackay, as well."
AFL Rep Footy
Capricornia Rams 4.4 28 def by Mackay Vipers 5.7.37
Capricornia Rams 5.5.35 def Townsville Eagles 4.7.31